Doug Burgum on Abortion



10th Amendment says leave it to the states; no federal ban

I'm a pro-life governor of a very pro-life state. But I am on the record that we should not have a federal abortion ban. The reason why is very simple, it's the 10th Amendment in the Constitution. It says that there were certain duties allowed to the federal government delegated to them by the states. The rest are left to the states or to the people. If we say that the Fed should be in on this one, where do we stop? I say that we follow the Constitution and this is returned to the states.
Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

I support the Dobbs decision but wouldn't sign a federal ban

Well, my position is that I support the Dobbs decision, and this is the decision that should be left to the states. And what's going to pass in North Dakota is not ever going to pass in California and New York and wouldn't even pass in the state of Minnesota. That's why I'm on the record saying that I would not sign a federal abortion ban.
Source: Meet the Press on 2023 Presidential primary hopefuls , Jul 9, 2023

Signed strict ban in North Dakota, opposes national ban

Burgum said that despite signing into law one of the strictest and most conservative abortion bans in the country in his home state of North Dakota, he does not intend to institute a national abortion ban, as some of his competitors have suggested. He said he believes such decisions should be decided at the local level. "The principle reason why we would say no on the national ban is because I believe in limited federal scope of the federal government, I believe in local control," Burgum said.
Source: WMUR on 2024 Presidential hopefuls , Jun 12, 2023

Law requires doctors to say some abortions reversible

Burgum signed a bill requiring physicians to inform women that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced abortion. A Republican lawmaker said it would give a woman "the full information she needs to make her own decision." Burgum echoed that sentiment. "If it gives hope to even one person who has started the process and wants to try to reverse it, it is worth providing that information," he said.
Source: Fargo-Moorhead Forum on 2020 North Dakota gubernatorial race , Mar 22, 2019

Support a ban on abortions for things like gender selection

On abortion, Burgum told me that America before the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision was a "dangerous place for women." He also said he doesn't feel qualified to make a decision on when life begins. Had Burgum been governor, he would have vetoed all but one of the pro-life laws passed by the state Legislature in recent years. He supports the legislation that bans abortions for things like gender selection.
Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race , Jan 24, 2016

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